Family of man killed in Bay Area crash files lawsuit against Tesla

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The family of a man who was killed in a car crash while driving his Tesla in Mountain View a year ago has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Tesla. 

In a statement released on Wednesday, the family’s lawyers said “errors by Tesla’s Autopilot navigation system caused the crash that killed Walter Huang of Foster City, Calif., last year.”

Huang, who was 38-years-old when he died March 23, 2018, was driving his 2017 Tesla Model X on the “autopilot” feature in Mountain View when he crashed into the edge of a concrete highway median that was missing its crash guard. 

According to the law firm, the Tesla’s Autopilot feature was “defective” and resulted in Huang’s death. 

“The navigation system of Huang’s Tesla misread the lane lines on the roadway, failed to detect the concrete median, and failed to brake the car, but instead accelerated the car into the median,” the statement read. 

The allegations against Tesla include product liability, defective product design, failure to warn, breach of warranty, intentional and negligent misrepresentation, and false advertising.

The lawsuit also names the State of California Department of Transportation as a defendant. 

Tesla spokesperson declined to comment on the lawsuit.

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